“Children are ordinarily so full of their own needs and wants that they look at a brother of sister not as an ally but as a competitor. If there is only one pork chop on the plate and three of us who want it, I will look at my brother and sister not as delightful dinner companions but as difficult rivals…
Well worth your time and a slow read: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. He takes the psalms of ascents and puts them into everyday practical language to discuss discipleship for the believer. From Psalm 130, some thoughts: Continue reading “Nobody knows the trouble…”
This isn’t one of those, “They didn’t say ‘Merry Christmas’ to me!” complaints. Continue reading “The Hazardous Work of Being Christian”
Over my years of ministry we have longed ceased in my circles to call it “pastoring.” We have called it “leadership.” Pastors do indeed lead, but the way we have come to train ministers isn’t in the style of pastoring that has a leadership component. Continue reading “Pastoring”
Don’t just “read” the Word. Don’t just “study” the Word. As believers, we are invited into a level of engagement with the Scriptures that doesn’t have any other parallel. Why settle for so much less? Continue reading “The slow walk to maturity — ABSORB the Word”
We look for assurance. We look for certainty. What happens when we don’t always get it? Continue reading “When in doubt… is God still there?”
We tend to like Christianity in a “paint by numbers” kit. Jesus isn’t good at that. Continue reading “The slow process of maturity — the lack of a “road map””
You are at your pastoral best when you are not noticed.
— Eugene Peterson (@PetersonDaily) June 20, 2015
“The churches of Revelation show us that churches are not Victorian parlors where everything is always picked up and ready for guests. They are messy family rooms. Entering a person’s house unexpectedly, we are sometimes met with a barrage of apologies. St. John does not apologize. Things are out of order, to be sure, but that is what happens to churches that are lived in.” — Eugene Peterson, Reverse Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination.
Powerful thoughts from Eugene Peterson in Reverse Thunder: The Revelation of John and Praying the Imagination. :
The gospel is never for individuals but always for a people. Sin fragments us, separates us, and sentences us to solitary confinement. Gospel restores us, unites us, and sets us in community. The life of faith revealed and nurtured in the biblical narratives is highly personal but never merely individual: always there is a family, a tribe, a nation — church. God’s love and salvation are revealed and experienced in the congregation of the people “who know the festal shout” (Ps. 89:15), not in “the garden, alone.”
We need each other. We do this together. As a church.